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Lots of Links September 26, 2009

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I wound up having to drop one of my courses for this semester. Three studio courses is really just too much to handle when working a job. I’m trying to go to school, not crazy.

The latest Cine-Rama is now out.

Episode 27 – A Couple of Basterds
“The boys have returned from summering in the future where they battled robots to bring you… movie reviews! And they brought company! Eric Martin (The Trip, Comics Playground, DC Noise) joins them as they discuss Public Enemies and Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering, Inglorious Basterds. In challenge reviews, Christian attempts to woo The Lady From Shanghai and Keith blows his stack over Twilight. Start writing your angry letters now, people.”

Download it from iTunes or directly off the site.

And now links . . .

Spray-On Battery Technology http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/09/22/nano.technology.energy/index.html Again . . . is there nothing that carbon nanotubes cannot do?

Microsoft’s Upcoming Tablet http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet

Hilarious Star Trek/Monty Python Mash Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luVjkTEIoJc

One last thing that I want to mention is that next week, for the third year in a row I will be started my Halloween Horror Countdown, so I will be doing a lot of blogging in October.  Should I go ahead and post the previous reviews for catch up?  Any thoughts?

Now, for your viewing enoyment, an enjoyable image . . .

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Another Screening and Award For 24 Frames September 21, 2009

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From Brad: 

“24 Frames” was well received at the IRIS film festival in Huntington, PA, this past weekend. It won an award for “best narrative short”. This is the festival when I screened an in-progress version of the film in 2007 and talked about the stop-motion process.

Be sure to be on the look out for Brad’s next film, a traditional 2D animated piece titled “Of Frogs and Gods”

Some Science, Some Soda, Some Pie Charts September 18, 2009

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Life has turned into a busy mess, but I guess that’s the nature of doing three studio courses in one semester. It doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon either!

I have a lot of stuff to hit in this post, so let’s get right to it, shall we:

– Inglorious Basterds was glorious. We discuss the film at length in the next episode of Cine-Rama (coming very soon) with special guest Eric Martin of The Trip, Comics Playground, and DC Noise. I think he’s on about 96 other podcasts too . . .

– I’ve been eating a lot of Chinese food lately. Like a lot, a lot. It’s ridiculous. And I still don’t get tired of it. Do I have a problem?

– A new super computer is set to appear as a guest on Jeopardy. http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-08/supercomputer-takes-jeopardy I just hope they remembered to program it to answer in the form of a question.

– Meet the coolest new dinosaur discovered in decades: RaptorRex! http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/09/17/tiny.t-rex.dinosaur.discovered/index.html Sure, he has powerful legs, razor-sharp teeth, and is nine feet tall, but the remains were discovered in China . . . and as we learned above, I would clearly be able to devour him before he got me.

– Jones Soda (delicious, and sadly hard to find most places) is going to be marketing a series of limited edition Dungeons and Dragons themed flavors. The flavors are set to be: Potion of Healing, Sneak Attack, Eldritch Blast, Dwarven Draught, Illithid Brain Juice (my favorite name), and Bigby’s Crushing Thirst Quencher. What? No magic missile?

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And now back to making life more animated . . . .

Some Housekeeping September 7, 2009

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“Of all the gin joints, in all the world, why did she have to throw up in mine?”

I have a lot of things to address, so I’ll just roll down the list as best I can . . .

– School has begun again. This is both something to celebrate and lament, and I do both on a daily basis. The people celebrating most feverishly, I’m sure, are the owners of the Chinese restaurant I frequent for lunch as I spend a lot of money in that place.

Found out that my action course is going to have a large section devoted to stage combat. That is just so incredibly cool to me.

I’m really enjoying my animation course, of course. And nobody talks to a horse, of course. Unless that horse just happens to be Mr. Ed . . .

With the amount of drawing I am doing for animation and drawing class (upwards of three or four hours a day at the moment) I expect that my skillz (with a z for those of you playing at home) by the end of the semester will have greatly improved.

– With all the hype I don’t think I could ever watch Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos, Entourage, or The Shield. Or Six Feet Under for that matter. Hype kills a show for me like nothing else.

– District 9 was very good. You should go see it. And don’t be surprised when it winds up towards the top of my top ten list for the year.

– I worry about the politics of the country often. I fear that both parties are guilty most of the time of standing behind an idea simply because it’s the opposite of what the other party suggested. Instead of saying what they stand for, they spend all their time talking about the other side. It’s not a very effective method of swaying someone to your political viewpoint.

– It might be a sign that I’m getting old, but my bad knee has been bothering me all week. So much so that I swapped positions at work tonight so that I could be in a spot that I didn’t have to put weight on it, and could just let it rest. I think I need to get one of those robot knees.

August 2009 Movies September 1, 2009

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The First Men in the Moon
Funny People *
Monster-A-Go-Go
The Limey
The Mutant Chronicles
This is Not a Film
From the Earth to the Moon
Waltz With Bashir
Green Lantern: First Flight
A Patch of Blue
In a Lonely Place
Azumi
Doctor Strange
The Big Heat
Airplane!
The Lodger
Westworld
My Sister’s Keeper *
The Mouse That Roared

* Movies I watched in theater